It’s seven and a half feet wide, twenty-two feet long, and eight feet tall. It boasts roughly 97 square feet of living space. Built with locally sourced soft woods, insulated with fiberglass or rock wool, depending on budget. Sleeping and general relaxing take place on a sofa-bed. The kitchen includes a sink and an oven. A huge window opens wide to the world, turning the entire living area into a patio.
And you can tow it with a family car.
This is the Koleliba, designed by Bulgarian architect Hristina Hristova. She built it for roughly $9,500.
“The idea was born out of our desire to stay away from the crowds and the concrete of the five-star beach resorts, and spend time somewhere calmer and closer to nature,” said Hristova.
Her family couldn’t afford a plot of land on the beaches of the Black Sea, where they liked to vacation, plus, they were dismayed by the rapid encroachment of permanent buildings marring the natural landscape. So, this cheaper, mobile cabin on wheels was born. The term Koleliba is an amalgamation of the Bulgarian words for “hut” and “wheels.” A trailer, if you like.
The wood, an oiled pine, was protected with oil rather than lacquer, to keep the scent of freshly cut timber.
“This is our response to the invading consumerism that encourages us to always want our homes bigger, better and unnecessarily luxurious,” Hristova told Dezeen. “It’s a step back to a simpler life without excesses but full of free time, happy moments and friends, which we often have to sacrifice in our never-ending drive for more.”
In the U.S., by the way, fiberglass trailers not large enough to stand in regularly sell for well over $10,000.
Photos by Deyan Tomov